Vegan coffee cake – cinnamon streusel cake

The world is an interesting place at the moment. That’s really an understatement! Cakes seem to make all things better, if only temporarily.

I made another cake this weekend. One of my friends posted a picture of her latest baking creation on Instagram and I was instantly interested. It is a vegan coffee cake (cinnamon streusel cake). It looked delicious so of course I had to make it.

This is delicious. It is so soft and light and so so tasty.

It made for a delightful dessert after dinner.

I definately will be making this one again.



  • 1 cup (244 ml) non dairy milk such as almond or soy
  • 1 tbsp applesauce or non dairy yogurt or more non dairy milk (applesauce or yogurt work best)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup (66.67 g) sugar 1 tbsp more for sweeter
  • 1/4 cup (56 ml) neutral oil , or use 3 tbsp applesauce to make oil-free
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  •  a few drops of almond extract (optional but wonderful)


  • 1.5 to 1.75 cups (187.5 g) of flour (I use 1 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose and 1/2 cup wheat flour, or all unbleached all purpose), see GF option in notes
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (0.25 tsp) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt


  • 1/2 cup (62.5 g) flour
  • 1/3 cup (73.33 g) brown sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter or use oil
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp oil , refined coconut or other neutral like safflower


  • Line a pan with parchment with parchment hanging on the edges. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (176 C). In a bowl, mix in the wet ingredients until the sugar is fully combined.
  • In another bowl, whisk 1 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (Add spices of choice if you like. Add berries, or pineapple, or candied ginger if you like. Add 2 tbsp almond flour to the dry for additional texture (optional)).
  • Fold into the wet until just about combined. Add more flour if needed 1 tbsp at a time to make just slightly thick batter. Pour into a parchment lined pan.
  • In a bowl, add the dry streusel ingredient and mix well. Add the vegan butter and oil and mix it in with your fingers until well distributed and crumbly. Spread over the cake batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 mins (depends on the pan, cake height etc).  Cool for 10 mins, then remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing. Store on the counter for upto 2 days, refrigerated for upto 7 days, freeze (slices) for upto a month
  • To make cupcakes/muffins: Bake for 22 to 24 mins for regular size muffins.


Gluten-free: Mix 3/4 cup white rice flour, 1 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/3 cup potato starch,  1 tbsp chia seeds/flax seed meal. Use 1 3/4 cup of the flour mix and add more as needed. For streusel use a mix of rice flour and almond flour. 

Oil-free: Use apple sauce for the batter.Use 1/4 cup nut butter for the streusel, Also use 1/4 cup brown sugar and add  few tsp maple syrup as needed to make a crumbly mixture.

Variations: Add seasonal berries, dried fruit or nuts with the dry ingredients of the batter.Swirl in some softened peanut butter into the batter.

Icing: Mix 1/3 cup powdered sugar with a tsp or so non dairy milk and use. I usually like a syrup dressing as it keeps the cake moist for longer. (3 tbsp sugar+ 1 tbsp water) 


One response to “Vegan coffee cake – cinnamon streusel cake”

  1. Coffee – Bunminola Bakes avatar

    […] to start drinking coffee again I needed to have cake available to complement it. So I made the vegan coffee cake (cinnamon streusel cake) again. This time I omitted the oil and added more of the apple sauce. This gave it a slightly […]


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